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Man charged in Hanover gas station killing

Since August, Nabeel Malik has had a hard time finding people to work the night shift at his Hanover Exxon.

"My cashiers didn't feel secure," Malik said. They were afraid, he said, because the man who murdered one of his clerks on Aug. 7 was still out there.

On Friday, Anne Arundel County police, in conjunction with the FBI, charged Robin Tyrone Smith Jr., 26, of Glen Burnie with the murder of Rajinder Kumar. Police said Saturday that Smith was arrested without incident on Friday evening and was being held at Jennifer Road Detention Center near Annapolis without bail.

Kumar was shot to death around 1:30 a.m. while working at the gas station in the 7800 block of Ridge Road. Surveillance video shows a man shooting the clerk, taking cash from the register and then fleeing on foot.

"It was an outrageous crime he committed," said county Police Chief Kevin Davis.

Kumar was sending money home to his wife and two children in India. His son is in college; his daughter in high school. Kumar's...

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Fatal shooting in Baltimore City

Two men were shot, one fatally, in separate incidents in Baltimore City on Saturday morning, police said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting on the 4700 block of Liberty Heights Avenue at around 12:24 a.m. located a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Police identified the victim as Ronald Brown, 25, and he was transported to a local hospital, where police said he died of his injuries. The suspect, police said, might have fled the location on foot.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the incident, police said. Brown last lived in the 3000 block of Erdman Ave.

At approximately 8:54 a.m., officers responding to the report of a shooting at West Pratt and South Payson streets discovered a man with a gunshot in the foot. The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment; the incident is still under investigation, police said.

Police also reported that a man walked into an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his forearm at 3:01 p.m. Saturday afternoon....

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Police shootings spur workers' compensation awards

Ever since her bipolar, unarmed son was shot and killed during a struggle with Baltimore police, Marcella Holloman has felt a sense of soul-crushing loss. She breaks out into shakes and feels angry all the time. She sees other happy families — and resents them.

"My whole life is gone. I just don't like people the way I used to," says Holloman, 53, whose son, Maurice Johnson, was shot three times in 2012 in her living room in Northeast Baltimore. Holloman had called police because her son was having an angry 'episode,' she said.

The pain worsened this year when she found out that the officer who killed her son will receive about $30,000 in workers' compensation due to the psychological stress of the shooting — a type of payment that has sparked debate across the nation.

Twelve Baltimore police officers have sought workers' compensation for psychological stress in fatal shootings and similar deadly encounters in the 2011 to 2013 fiscal years, the most recent data available. The average...

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Police search Towson U office of rabbi

Police searching the Towson University office of a prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of secretly recording women in a ritual bath found a backpack with an assortment of tiny cameras hidden in everyday household objects, including a computer charger, a clock and a tissue box, according to a warrant filed in a Maryland court.

Authorities said they also seized an empty box for a "micro camera" hidden in a key chain along with flash drives and memory cards — some in freezer bags — capable of holding more than 200,000 images and 25,000 hours of video. In addition, police found a picture of nude women and handwritten lists of names.

The items listed in the search warrant obtained by The Washington Post indicate that devices that could be used to spy were kept on the Baltimore County campus where Rabbi Barry Freundel taught as well as in his home and at the bath adjacent to Kesher Israel, the Northwest Washington synagogue he led. Police said that Freundel used a camera hidden in a clock...

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Baltimore Police seek suspect in assault

Police are looking for a suspect in a sexual assault that took place Thursday morning on Meridene Drive in Northeast Baltimore.

A woman in her mid-40s reported being assaulted inside her home by an unknown male. The suspect was wearing a black jacket, a white or light gray T-shirt with a round black design on the center of the shirt and white pajama-style pants with a black pattern, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sex Offense Unit 410-396-2076.

john.fritze@baltsun.com

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Transportation Authority Police officer resigns

A Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer has resigned from the force following a conviction this week stemming from a 2012 incident in which he beat a man with his gun, the state agency said in a statement Friday.

Derwin Waldron was convicted in Baltimore Circuit Court on Wednesday of multiple handgun charges.

"Mr. Waldron's actions were a breach of the public trust and an insult to his fellow officers who are truly committed to protecting Maryland residents," Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner said in a statement. "This misconduct and unlawful behavior will not be tolerated."

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